As many have done, I've paid for someone to paint the house numbers on
the curb in front of my home. While living in central California, the
numbers are not readable in about 2 yrs due to the outside elements.
Is there something that I can spray over the paint to protect it
Forget the protective coat. You can make your own stencil from glossy, thin
cardboard, using an Exacto knife or utility knife. Just copy the style of
the commercial numbers, buy a can of exterior lacquer spray paint, and you
are in business!
This is a big scam, as far as I can see.. I lived in an unencorperated
community in So Ca and these guys would come around every year wanting to
paint my curb numbers.. Claimed it was required but the local (county)
fire dept... I only let them paint mine once and noticed that they were
using ordinary lacquar spay paint.. Like you would use on a craft project.
The next time the came around I refused unless they could show me the law
and spec. on their paint, that it was for outside use. They could provide
They would still come around each year, but I had already painted my own
with a brush, stencil and exterior paint.
Wouldn't be so bad if they were truly working to raise funds for the fire
dept. but they are just scammers, like the drive way sealers.
So you didn't really CARE if there was a law, Steve?
If you pay for the service...and its a fair price and the job gets
done...why would you care where the money goes? How can this be
considered a scam?
The same with the driveway sealers. Driveway sealing gets done a lot
in my area. Fair price...work done properly...pay the bill.
Have a nice week...
Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity!
I checked into the legal requirement and found none..
Additionally these punks were strong arming many to have the numbers painted
and had no authority or connection with the SD Co. Fire and Rescue..
The expected at least $10 to do the number but insisted that any money over
that amount went to the Fire Dept. Yoda, Yoda, Yoda. If your refused, they
would remark something like "sure would be a shame if you had fire or
emergency and the wouldn't be able to find your house"(because you don't
have the numbers on the curb). Sounded almost like a threat.
I lived in a group of homes that all had prominate house number, plainly
It's always a good idea to have a good visibility to your house
number, BUT the fire and police (here in Phoenix) have GPS maps
augmented with house number details, hydrant locations, etc.
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You most likely won't find a requirement for house address numbers to be
painted on the curb in just about any place in the U.S. However address
numbers attached or painted on the house/unit itself are generally required.
Not "often" enforced would have been a better choice of words.
In some jurisdictions (of CA at least) it actually is enforced. Albeit
often overlooked, it is also commonly one of the items checked at a
final inspection on a new house.
Here in WA state you have to have your house numbers posted even during
construction so the building inspector (and later the tax assesor) can find
your place.. You can't turn a shovel of dirt unit the inspector signs your
ticket and it is posted (but first better post the house number so he can
find you project).
BTW. I have no problem with that either..
Don't get me wrong.. I agree that uniformly located (curb) numbers would be
of great benefit when a fire or police unit is dispatched. I would even go
so far as to suggest that reflective paint and numbers would be even
However, I just object and refuse to be strong armed into a sloppy,
non-durable numbering job, by hoodlums who are there only to take your money
and then come back next year to rip you off again.
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